This turned out too cute not to share right away. A friend sent me a picture of a baby wearing a crocheted turkey hat and asked if I could make something similar. It was adorable, so I quickly agreed. I decided to knit the hat instead of crocheting it since the knit hat would be much stretchier. I didn’t have the baby with me to try the hat on. I looked online, but none of the patterns I found were quite what I wanted. Below is the pattern I made up. It turned out soooooo cute!
Disclaimer: Feel free to make this pattern for your personal use, for your platypus, for charity, or to sell. The only thing I ask is that you please do not sell it on Etsy. If you are interested in purchasing a hat from my Etsy store, you may do so here.
- 5 US Size 6 double pointed knitting needles
- Extra needle or stitch holder
- Stitch markers
- Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Honey and White
- Polyester filling
- Tapestry needle
- Crochet hook (optional)
- Knit (K)
- Pearl (P)
- Slip (S)
- Knit Two Together (K2tog)
- Slip Slip Knit (SSK)
- Knit Front and Back (KFB)
With Honey, cast on 72 stitches and distribute them evenly on four double pointed needles.
Join in round (being careful not to twist!) and knit each round until the piece is 5 inches long. The brim of the hat will be rolled. Unroll it to measure your 5 inches.
R1: K21, K and place marker on next stitch, K50 (72 stitches)
R3: K48, K and place marker on next stitch, K23 (72 stitches)
R8: (K4, K2tog, SSK, K4) 6 times (60 stitches)
R10: (K3, K2tog, SSK, K3) 6 times (48 stitches)
R12: (K2, K2tog, SSK, K2) 6 times (36 stitches)
R14: (K, K2tog, SSK, K) 6 times (24 stitches)
R16: (K2tog, SSK) 6 times (12 stitches)
Cut the yarn with several spare inches. Thread a tapestry needle and pull yarn through all 12 stitches on needles. Work in ends.
The tricky part of the leg is getting started. You will need to pick up 16 stitches from the hat. At the first marker, they should be picked up using Honey as shown in the figure below. The number 1 corresponds to the first marked stitch on the hat. Pick up the stitches in numerical order. I find it easier to pick up the stitches using a crochet hook. Place stitches 1 and 2 on the first needle, 3-6 on the second needle, 7-10 on the third needle, 11-14 on the forth needle, and 15-16 on an extra needle or stitch holder. A picture of the stitch placement is also shown below.
After completing the first leg (see pattern below), pick up stitches for the second leg using the same method, but starting in a different place. The number 1 in the figure below corresponds to the second marked stitch.
Once the stitches are picked up, you are ready to knit! The piece is worked back and forth for several rows and then worked in a round. The pattern is the same for both legs once the stitches are picked up.
R1: Starting with the marked stitch, K4, turn
R2: S1, P4, turn
R3: S1, K1, KFB twice, K2, turn
R4: S1, P8, turn
R5: S1, K1, KFB, K, KFB twice, K, KFB, K2, turn
R6: S1, P14 turn
R7: S1, K1, (KFB, K1) three times, (K1, KFB) three times, K2, turn
R8: S1, P22, turn
R9: S1, K1, (KFB, K) four times, K5, (KFB, K) four times, K3
R10: Continuing in round, K36
R15: K6, K2tog, SSK, K4, K2tog, SSK, K2tog, SSK, K4, K2tog, SSK, K6 (28 stitches)
R16: K5, K2tog, SSK, K2, K2tog, K2, SSK, K2, K2tog, SSK, K5 (22 stitches)
R17: K4, K2tog, SSK, K2tog, K2, SSK, K2tog, SSK, K4 (16 stitches),
(Place polyester filling in leg)
R18: (K2tog, SSK) four times (8 stitches)
R24: Break Honey and start knitting with White, K8
R25: (K1, K2tog, K1) twice (6 stitches)
R26: K1, Bobble, K2, Bobble, K1
Place more polyester filling in the leg if you wish. Bind off. I used the Kitchener stitch to bind off.
Time Required: 4 Movies
Overall Experience: Excellent